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Tour de Delta brings riders, crowds

Tour de Delta's race director liked what he saw last weekend. "I was extremely pleased with the overall results from the weekend," said Mark Ernsting.

Tour de Delta's race director liked what he saw last weekend.

"I was extremely pleased with the overall results from the weekend," said Mark Ernsting.

He said the new Friday night MK Delta Lands criterium in North Delta had good crowds and an exciting finish.

"It had a really exciting finish that couldn't have been better scripted."

Team Spidertech rider Ryan Anderson, a Vancouver native, won a sprint to the finish after clipping his pedal and almost "ending up in the hay bales."

Winnipeg's Karlee Gendron won the 30-lap women's race.

The Brenco criterium in Ladner also had a great crowd turnout and nice weather, Ernsting said.

Australian Tommy Nankervis was victorious in the second crit on the men's side while Gendron had her second straight win of the weekend.

The Tour de Delta concluded Sunday with the White Spot road race. Brad Huff and Jasmine Glaesser won the final race.

Ernsting noted that all but three North American pro teams had representation over the three-day event.

He added that without the support of sponsors and volunteers putting the event on wouldn't be possible.

The Tour de Delta is the richest event in Canadian cycling, with over $25,000 in prizes.

dwillis@delta-optimist.com